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The United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) has increased its efforts to assist our community during the COVID-19 – Safer at Home period. In a typical year, UNCOM agencies serve over fifty thousand (50,000) people in Milwaukee. Through increased efforts to ensure the families we serve are safe and well, multiple agencies report that they have more than doubled the number of people they are serving amidst this crisis.
COA Youth & Family Centers and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center both reopened their early childhood centers on May 4. Both agencies are enforcing strict guidelines to ensure the safety of the children and families they are serving as well as the safety of their employees. “We know that high-quality early childhood care is difficult to find right now. However, many of the essential emergency workers who live in the community are now utilizing this care at our two (2) early child education centers. It’s nice to see these young faces in our centers again. Having access for essential workers (medical personnel, law enforcement, firefighters, etc.) is essential, and it also brings a sense of security and comfort during a very abnormal time,” says Tom Schneider, COA Youth & Family Centers, Executive Director.
All eight (8) of the UNCOM agencies (City on a Hill, COA Youth & Family Centers, Journey House, Milwaukee Christian Center, Neighborhood House, Neu-Life Community Development, Northcott Neighborhood Center and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center) are offering food to our families in need through various food programs. In April, COA Youth and Family Centers food pantry served 3,389 people and the number of people they serve grows week over week.
“Many of our children are accustomed to receiving breakfast, lunch and dinner at their school. Food is a basic necessity and UNCOM is working hard to meet our community’s needs. We can now direct families to one of our eight (8) full partner UNCOM agencies to get fresh, healthy food for themselves and their families,” says Renée Logee, Executive Director, UNCOM.
The United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee are doing their best keeping Milwaukee’s urban families fed, safe and connected.
For more information on how UNCOM agencies are supporting the community, check out the following websites.
•City on a Hill www.cityonahillmilwaukee.org
•COA Youth & Family Centers www.coa-yfc.org
•Journey House www.journeyhouse.org
•Milwaukee Christian Center www.mccwi.org
•Neighborhood House of Milwaukee www.neighborhoodhousemke.org
•Neu-Life Community Development www.neu-life.org
•Northcott Neighborhood House www.northcotthouse.org
•Silver Spring Neighborhood Center www.ssnc-milw.org
•United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee www.uncom-milw.org